IPL 10 Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) 2017 Team, Squad, Players, Captain, History, Owners, Facts, Records, Bowlers, Batsman, Jersey, Logo and Team Identity
After the eight edition of IPL organized on 2015, there came some twists and turns in the tournament. Two major teams that of Chennai and Rajasthan were suspended from the IPL for a minimum period of 2 years due to some malpractices done by the owners. As a result, two brand new teams emerged in 2015 – 2016 and replaced the expelled old teams CSK and RR. One of the newly formed teams which participated in the ninth edition of VIVO IPL i.e. last year itself is the team from Pune named RPS. The man who led the team RPS in the IPL 2016 was M S Dhoni. He was also the captain of team CSK which got expelled. During the player auctions, RPS was the first one to pick Dhoni for their team. However, their journey at the IPL 2016 was not a good one as they managed to finish only seventh out of the eight teams playing IPL. So this year, RPS is expected to go all guns blazing and create history as the VIVO IPL tournament is going to enter its 10th season.
IPL-10 2017 Team
The RPS team with home ground in Pune will be playing its second IPL season this year in 2017 under the captaincy of one of the biggest player of the format, MS Dhoni. He was also the captain of the expelled CSK team and led the team to victory in several IPL finals. So the RPS will be expecting to perform better this year and try to qualify for the playoffs, which it failed in the last season. In IPL 2016, the RPS team had 37 players in total. However, the Pune squad has released 11 of their players this year who will be again available for auction this year. The auction for the IPL 2017 will be held on April, 2017. However, RPS has retained their 16 players, including MS Dhoni.
The RPS squad has some of the top performing T20 players who are from both India and overseas. This team is a newly formed team which is only one season old. The 2016 season of IPL had 37 players in the newly formed Pune team. Below are the details of the players of RPS:
|Sl. No.||Player Name||Role in the team||Nationality||IPL Debut year||Remarks|
|1||Mahendra Singh Dhoni||Wicketkeeper, Right Handed batsman.||Indian||2008||He is the backbone of the RPS team who was the first pick of the Pune franchise in the last year’s player draft auction. Dhoni was behind the two IPL tournament wins of team CSK which was his previous team. He also led CSK in winning the CL T20 – 2010.|
|2||Faf du Plessis||All Rounder||South Africa||2012||Du Plessis is a hard hitter and is able to clear the ropes with ease. However, he is also handy with his spin bowling skills and is a big asset for RPS. He has also been retained by the team for this year’s auction.|
|3||Mitchell Marsh||All Rounder||Australia||2010||He is a right arm medium paced bowler who can do a good share of batting and help the team with some crucial knocks.|
|4||Albie Morkel||All Rounder||South Africa||2008||Morkel is of the best T20 allrounders of international cricket and surely an asset to the Pune squad. He is exceptionally good with both his batting and bowling.|
|5||Thisara Perera||All Rounder||Sri Lanka||2010||Perera started his T20 career as a medium fast bowler but has emerged as a good all rounder. He started his IPL career from the team CSK in 2010.|
|6||Kevin Pietersen||Right Hand batsman||England||2009||The switch-hit batsman of England has joined this squad in 2016 and Pune made this big ticket purchase due to his hard hitting skills in T20 matches.|
|7||Ravichandran Ashwin||Spinner, All rounder.||Indian||2009||He was imideately picked by the Pune team in the last year’s player draft as he can single handedly win matches for a team with his attacking bowling and also he has fair amount of batting skills as a lower-middle order batsman.|
|8||Ashok Dinda||Right arm medium pace bowler.||Indian||2008||Dinda has been one of the best IPL Indian bowlers with some clinical performances over the years. He picked 11 wickets last season from the 9 matches he played for RPS.|
|9||Steve Smith||Right Hand batsman. Captain||Australia||2010||He has switched several teams in the last 5 years and is a good pick for any team in the IPL auction. He played for RPS in 2016 and the Pune franchise has also retained him for this year’s IPL.|
|10||Irfan Pathan||Left arm medium pace bowler||India||2008||He is a top class medium pacer who can swing the ball at his will. He is also handy on putting some runs on the score board.|
|11||George Bailey||Right hand batsman||Australia||2009||He joined the IPL tournament in the CSK team and is a good middle order batsman. He was traded by RPS before last year’s tournament.|
|12||Usman Khawaja||Left hand batsman||Australia||2016||He was brought by RPS team in last year’s auction and played six matches for the team. He has also been retained this year.|
|13||Adam Zampa||Spinner||Australia||2016||Another young and talented Australian traded by RPS last year, he showed top class bowling with 12 wickets in just 5 matches he played.|
|14||Peter Handscomb||Right hand batsman||Australia||2016||He is a talented opener from Australia and has joined the Pune side last year.|
|15||Scott Boland||Right hand batsman||Australia||2016||He is a consistent performer of the Australian team and has been picked by RPS for his clinical batting.|
|16||Saurabh Tiwary||Left hand batsman||India||2008||Saurav Tiwary is a good striker who can clear the fence with ease. He can be a big asset for any team in opening or in middle order batting.|
|17||R P Singh||Left arm medium pace bowler||India||2008||RP has done exceptionally well in all the IPL seasons he has played and in 2009, he won the purple cap for taking the highest no. of wickets.|
|18||Ishant Sharma||Right arm medium pace bowler.||India||2008||Pune brought this super tall bowler who can be destructive with his pace.|
|19||Ajinkya Rahane||Right hand batsman||India||2008||Rahane has some good techniques and is a consistent run machine for the team. He is retained by the Pune franchise for this year’s auction and will continue to play for RPS.|
|20||Ishwar Pandey||Right arm medium pace bowler.||India||2013||He was traded in by the RPS in 2016 but has yet to show his performance with the ball. He will also play this season from the same side.|
|21||Jaskaran Singh||Right arm medium pace bowler.||India||2009||He is a young talented medium pacer who can also do fair amount of batting.|
|22||Deepak Chahar||Right arm medium pace bowler.||India||2012||He is a promising pace bowler who has made good bowling performances in the domestic cricket. He is not be put for auction as Pune has retained him.|
|23||Rajat Bhatia||All rounder||India||2008||Rajat Bhatia is a talented young all rounder. He can put some big scores on the board and do a fair share of medium pace bowling and pick wickets.|
|24||Ankush Bains||Wicketkeeper batsman||India||2014||He is also the replacement wicket keeper who can bat well for the team.|
|25||Ankit Sharma||Left-arm spinner||India||2011||He can do good spin bowling as well as contribute with the bat in lower order.|
|26||Murugan Ashwin||Leg-break bowler||India||2016||He is a talented young bowler who can keep his economy rate well below 6 in T20 matches.|
|27||Baba Aparajith||All rounder||India||2013||He is a talented all rounder who is a hard hitter of the ball.|
Captain of RPS will be Steve Smith for 2017. The RPS team is only one year old franchise, which played the 2016 version of IPL. The side was led by none other than M S Dhoni who is one of the greatest T20 players of all time. Dhoni was also the captain of the recently expelled Chennai team under which CSK won two IPL titles. RPS will be banking on Dhoni’s experience and dedication to perform well in this season’s VIVO IPL. He was the first player who was picked up by the Pune side in the last year’s player’s draft.
Followed by the match fixing allegations on the two top teams of IPL namely CSK and Rajasthan Royals, the BCCI decided to expel both the teams for a minimum period of 2 years and form two new teams. Thus the RPS team was formed by the Goenka Group in the latter half of 2015. On the 15th December 2015, a prayer draft was organized by the IPL committee where RPS selected valuable players like Ashwin, Dhoni, Du Plessis, Rahane, etc. On 18th Jan, 2016, the Goenka group proudly named their team as RPS and also announced their team captain. IPL 2016 was not a memorable year for RPS as they did not qualify for the play off stage.
The RPS franchise is proudly owned by the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group chief Sanjiv Goenka. The CEO of the RPS team is Raghu Iyer. The owners of this IPL team also own another football team named Atletico De Kolkata which is one of the top teams of ISL, a IPL styled football tournament in India.
- RPS is one of the two brand new IPL teams which were formed after the BCCI expelled two major teams due to illegal betting by its owners.
- The home ground of RPS is MCA Cricket Stadium located in Pune, Maharashtra. However, RPS has also a second home ground option as ACA – VDCACricket Stadium which is located in Vishakhapattanam.
- It is released 11 players from the team who will be again participating in this year’s IPL auction to be held on 20th Feb, 2017. Out of these, 6 are overseas players. Kevin Peterson was their big ticket buy last year but has been released due to his prolonged injury.
- RPS has retained 16 of its squad and will be playing them in the upcoming IPL 2017. Out of the 16 retained players, 5 players are from overseas.
- The purse amount spent in retaining the players by RPS is Rs. 469,000,000. The franchise is left with Rs. 191,000,000 to make some good purchases this year.
This Pune side is a promising new side which did not had a good season last year. RPS started their IPL 2016 series with an excellent win against the defending champions Mumbai Indians. However, it failed to keep the winning momentum. Out of the 14 matches it played, it managed to win only 5 and stood seventh in the rankings. Ajinkya Rahane was the top run getter of RPS and did exceptionally well with his bat and scored 480 runs in 14 matches. Adam Zampa was their top wickets taker with 12 wickets in just 5 matches.
The jersey of RPS is a wonderful combination of pink and purple. The main sponsor of its jersey is Gulf Oil Lubricants. The player names and numbers are written in the back in yellow which looks stunning. The logo of the RPS is also printed on the jersey.
The logo of RPS is a designed with the pink ball with golden wings attached to it. The full name of RPS is written across the ball and it also bears the official logo of the Goenka Group.
The team is owned by Sanjiv Goenka who is a business tycoon. The home ground of RPS is MCA Stadium, located in Pune. RPS has a huge fan base to support in the next IPL tournament. The team will not only be supported by the Pune people, but also by the Chennai people as maximum CSK players are playing in this Pune team. The Pune team will be looking after making some smart buys for this season’s VIVO IPL and will try to win the 10th edition of the IPL.